The women’s lifestyle magazine Red host their Women of the Year awards annually. With celebrity guests such as Fearne Cotton, Millie Mackintosh and Lisa Snowdon, this year was their biggest yet.
The awards are presented to many inspirational women from a variety of industries, such as designers, actresses, scientists and charity founders.
This year UWE had a double success with assistive technologies researcher Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly winning the most prestigious award in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) category, and technology entrepreneur Samantha Payne winning one of the three awards in the Women to Watch category.
Dr Caleb-Solly picked up the award for most inspirational woman in STEM 2016. Caleb-Solly is an associate professor in Independent Living Systems at UWE Bristol. As well as working in the robotics laboratory, she has also played a part in creating SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management), an app which helps students understand and monitor their anxiety and provides help exercises to do at home. She is also head of electronics and computer systems for the UK assistive technology charity Designability. Her work mainly focuses on helping develop technological solutions for people living with disabilities or health conditions.
Caleb-Solly told UWE that she was proud of her accomplishments. She said “it is brilliant that Red are championing this as we need to encourage and support women and girls to consider working in STEM”.
Co-founder and chief operating officer of Open Bionics, Samantha Payne, became one of the three Women to watch this year at the Red awards. Open Bionics, which was developed at the Bristol robotics laboratory at UWE, uses 3D printing technology to create low cost bionic hands for all ages, and is also working on creating hands for amputees that mirror human actions.
When UWE asked how Payne felt winning the award she said she felt “incredibly honoured”, and that she is “thrilled Red magazine has highlighted Open Bionics’ innovative work. I’m super proud of our whole team”.